Course Description:
This course will explore the complex relationship of political, economic, and social challenges of Third World Development. It covers a wide range of contemporary issues affecting the developing countries and focuses primarily on aid and developing policies aimed at reducing poverty and underdevelopment.

First, it will examine the main theoretical currents that shaped the political economy of development from its beginnings in the years after World War II to the present. Following the essays and topics that focus on the main domestic factors that shape the politics of development, from such sociological dynamics as to culture & religion.
In addition, it will also delve into international political factors that shape the political and economic development with essays on topics such as democratic assistance & the world bank development report. Lastly, the institutional factors focus on the distinctive regional experiences with development.